You’ve probably heard of the mid-life crisis. It’s long been a staple in sitcoms and movies, and it’s yet another setback we’ve been told is looming on the horizon. It’s true that there are certain changes that come with aging, such as hormonal fluctuations, physical changes, and a host of new financial challenges and plans. Of course, that’s nothing to speak of the emotional challenges that accompany these major events.
Dr. Thanasi Loukas points out that teeth and gums, too, undergo changes as we mature. With age comes an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. Tooth enamel may appear yellow or even slightly gray, and receding gums can give the appearance of being “long in the tooth.” Even the area around the mouth is prone to telltale signs of aging, forming lines beneath the nose and on either side of the lips. Loukas, a cosmetic dentist in Park Ridge, IL, explains how simple smile enhancements can take years off of your appearance.
Challenge: Dark or Yellowed Tooth Enamel
Some degree of discoloration or darkening is to be expected with aging, and the effect is compounded in patients who use tobacco, drink coffee, or do not practice excellent hygiene. After several years, these stains become so resilient that over-the-counter teeth whitening products fail to produce notable improvement. We offer two professional whitening treatments: Opalescence at-home whitening and Boost in-office whitening.
Challenge: Worn-down or Small Teeth
Over time, teeth may gradually wear down, especially if you grind your teeth. As a result, they appear much smaller, or they become brittle and prone to cracks and chips. Sometimes, teeth are so badly damaged that restorative dentistry is no longer an option. If so, we can extract the affected tooth and replace it using one of several methods, such as dental implants. Most of the time, however, porcelain veneers or dental bonding procedures are sufficient to restore the beauty and function of your teeth.
Challenge: Lines and Wrinkles Near the Mouth
Fortunately, we offer Botox to treat lines on either side of the mouth, eyes, and forehead. Restylane and Juvederm, both dermal fillers, are on hand to plump dry, thin lips and create a supple appearance around your eyes and mouth. We perform these procedures in our office, so there’s no need to make a separate appointment elsewhere.
A beautiful smile is ageless. To learn more about cosmetic dental treatments in Park Ridge, IL, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Maria and Thanasi Loukas, contact us at (847) 696-1919. We welcome patients living in and around Chicago, Park Ridge, and throughout the 60068 zip code.